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Highland Road Park Observatory

VENUSIAN ELONGATION

Tuesday 24 March from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm CDT
at the Burbank Soccer Complex
No admission fee. For all ages.
Binocular recommended.

Periodically Venus♀ reaches its greatest angular separation in the sky (elongation) from the Sun☉. This is the safest way to view Venus♀ by amateurs. Come join us at the Burbank Soccer Complex! The planet will appear as a “half-Venus♀” in the constellation Aquarius♒. The Pleiades and Beehive Star Clusters, and the Orion Nebula will be seen as well.

SPECIAL ALERT: STARLINK Passes from 8:15 pm to 8:45 pm

The STARLINKs are a group of very small satellites currently being launched in groups called “constellations.” Satellites of this size have the potential to lower both cost and space junk orbiting the Earth♁. Unfortunately, they also may clutter up the night sky, and amateur and professional photographic studies of the heavens. During this half-hour, fourteen STARLINK satellites may reflect enough sunlight to be visible to the unaided eye—all between magnitudes 2.5 and 3.0. Join us early for this astonishing and troubling display.


Created by Frederick J. Barnett on Friday, February 14, 2020, 11:42 AM.

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